A wise friend once described 1970s AM radio as a medium in which singer-songwriters flirted with each other, had love affairs, broke up and then (usually resulting in the best songs) told tales. The remixes of raw sound at the Freesound website (freesound.iua.upf.edu) are rarely autobiographical in any immediately discernible sense, but dialogues do occur there. Take, for example, a sample of a flying grey heron caught on tape (link) in Cologne, Germany, by a Freesound participant (and biology teacher, according to his personal page) who goes by the tag reinsamba. This reinsamba suggested from the start that his file might make a good remix subject, since he notes in the upload’s description: “Play it with 25% of the original speed and You will hear the cry of a dinosaur” (sic). Subsequently, one acclivity dropped the file two octaves (link) and someone named pixt sped the thing up (link), resulting in what’s described as resembling “a machine to mix cement, water and sand.” The remix section of Freesound is getting bigger every month. And though the majority of entries feature remixes by individuals of their own items, there’s a growing number of situations, such as this, when various sound-minded individuals play a cool game of telephone.
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• October 13, 2016: This day marks the start of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project.
• November 16, 2016: I'll be sharing the mic at Adobe Books in San Francisco with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy for an evening hosted, from 7pm to 10pm, by Marc Kate (facebook.com).
• December 1, 2016: A likely speaking engagement. Details to come.
• December 13, 2016: This day marks the 20th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto.
• Ongoing: The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury, is now in its second printing. It can be purchased at amazon.com, among other places.
disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 5 most recent weekly projects: • 0269 / Duet Portion / Record half of a live duet. • 0268 / Walking Music / Take a stroll and describe it in sound, paying tribute to the late manga great Jiro Taniguchi. • 0267 / The Metronomic Society / Create a theme song for a fictional organization. • 0266 / Vocal Cuts / Use segments of your own held vowel to make music. • 0265 / Kitchen Music / Record a piece of music that uses items from just one drawer.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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